Former Manchester United centre-back David May has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to spend at least £90m to seal a deal for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Red Devils have conceded 32 goals in only 21 Premier League games and May believes his former club copy Liverpool and spend big for a centre-back.

May told 888sport: “If you look at United over the last God knows how many years they’ve always gone out and broke transfer records if need be.”

“They did with Rio, Di Maria, Pogba, Lukaku. They allegedly pay Sanchez half a million a week.”

“If you want the best players then you have to pay top money for them. City do it.”

“Liverpool did it with Van Dijk and just look at the transformation.”

“They spent £70million on a goalkeeper which is a hell of a lot of money but what that gets you back is guaranteed Champions League football and the possibility of winning the Premier League.”

“The amount of money United earn than to spend £100m on a defender….so what?”

“Real Madrid will spend it. Barca will. Chelsea and City will. If it guarantees you a much better defence then go ahead and spend it.”

“If Koulibaly becomes available – and there are rumours that he is interested with a fee of £90m – then I’m sure Ole would say he’d be a great signing for Man Utd.”

Liverpool spent £75 million in January 2018 when they signed Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

Meanwhile, United, who currently sit sixth, return to the Premier League action on Sunday evening as they travel to Wembley to face third-placed Tottenham.

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